Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Wadsworth), as news reports predicted, made official his decision that he is leaving the gubernatorial race to instead challenge incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown (D). Since Brown has been planning for a tough re-election fight, he has already amassed over $9.6 million for his campaign fund. Because Rep. Renacci is personally wealthy, he will be able to compete financially with the two-term Senator. Investor Michael Gibbons is also in the Republican primary. It is possible that author J.D. Vance or Youngstown University President and former Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel could join the race, as well.
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